Toronto FC gets Serioux in Dallas deal

Toronto FC bolstered its defence Tuesday by acquiring veteran Canadian defender Adrian Serioux in a trade with FC Dallas.

Toronto FC bolstered its defence Tuesday by acquiring veteran Canadian defender Adrian Serioux in a trade with FC Dallas.

In exchange for Serioux, Dallas receives Toronto's first-round pick in the 2010 Major League Soccer draft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

"This is another great signing for our team," said Toronto general manager Mo Johnston.

"Adrian is a very strong defender, plus we're adding another quality Canadian player to our roster. We're excited to get him in here and have him start working out with the rest of the team."  

Serioux, 29, began his MLS career in 2006 with the Houston Dynamo where he scored one goal in 20 games and helped the team win the MLS Cup.

He was selected by Toronto FC in the 2006 MLS Expansion draft, but was traded the same day to FC Dallas in the deal that brought midfielder Ronnie O'Brien to Toronto.

Serioux started in 34 games during his two seasons with Dallas, and has made 19 appearances for the Canadian national team since making his debut in a World Cup qualifying game against Guatemala in 2004.

Toronto-born player

Tuesday's trade marks a homecoming of sorts for Serioux, a native of Toronto's east-end Scarborough area who began his pro career with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League in 2001.

Serioux's arrival also gives Toronto FC a solid presence in the middle of a defence, an area identified as a problem last season by Johnston and coach John Carver.

Uneven performances by Tyrone Marshall and Marco Velez did not go unnoticed by Johnston and Carver, who both publicly said last month the team was looking to sign one — and possibly two — new central defenders for the 2009 MLS season.

"I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to work it out," Carver recently told reporters. "If you look at the defence… it's more or less the same people that we've had the past two seasons when we've conceded a lot of goals.

"Now, I'm not blaming the back four entirely for that problem, but we all know there is an issue in the centre of defence, so we have to address it."

The team traded Marshall to the Seattle Sounders on Feb. 10.

Toronto FC opens the 2009 MLS regular season on the road against the Kansas City Wizards on March 21.